Natural Fiber Products

 

Sisal

Sisal is used in many hard-wearing products, including twines, ropes, plaster reinforcements, and dartboards. The same qualities of strength that make the fiber preferred in these products, make it ideal for floor covering. Aside from its durability, sisal is remarkably versatile, enabling Design Materials to produce carpets in an exceptional range of colors.

Design Materials uses superior-grade sisal, grown on plantations in Tanzania, East Africa. This extremely strong fiber is obtained from the long, green leaves of the Agave plant. Each leaf contains an average of 1,000 fibers that are extracted, washed sundried, brushed, graded, and baled. The remaining plant is used to produce electricity, which supports Tanzania’s economy and helps energize rural areas

Sisal in Tanzania
 

Mountain Grass

Mountain Grass is the primary type of cultivated fiber for Hemp. Hemp cultivation improves the condition of the grounds, making it an excellent crop to use in rotation.

 
 

The Manufacturing Process

This durable, non-porous plant has a smooth texture and a subtle sheen that helps repel liquids. The Hemp used by Design Materials is sustainably harvested in the higher altitude slopes of the Pacific Rim. Once cut and dried, the fiber is separated from the core, while the outer skin of the stalk is retained, resulting in a stronger, more resistant yarn.

Natural fiber rug
Natural fiber rug
 

Versatile & Durable

The long-lasting fiber is used to make paper, fabrics, and rope, in addition to beautiful floorcoverings. Design Materials weaves the warm, rich hues of natural Hemp in a distinct array of textures and patterns.

 

Seagrass

Seagrass, once thought to be an unusable fiber, has been transformed by weavers into sought-after products such as baskets, placemats, bowls, and flooring. The yarn, which is strong, durable, and non-porous, has a naturally smooth texture, subtle sheen, and warm hue that make it a popular choice for use in carpets and rugs.
 

Natural Beauty

Seagrass is popular for its texture, look, and durability.  The Seagrass fibers are undyed and make up our most stain-resistant natural fiber.  The fibers are reed-like and smooth to the touch with a slight natural sheen. Seagrass has an excellent neutral color consisting of light-brown, beige, and sage green hues.  The green hues can be present with recently harvested seagrass and always fade into a neutral tan with time.  As all the fibers are the same color, the Seagrass "Rug Color" refers to the weave of the rug pattern and not the actual "color." Variations in weave and color are natural characteristics of this natural fiber rug and make them unique.  Seagrass rugs are perfect for Living Rooms, Family Rooms, Dining Rooms, Entryways, and Hallways. 

People harvesting seagrass
People crafting with seagrass
 

The Manufacturing Process

Seagrass carpets from Design Materials are made from the Sedge family of plants, which grow in the low-lying areas of the Asia-pacific region. The perennial grasses are harvested from paddy fields that are loaded with seawater during the growing cycle. When the grass is mature, the fields are drained and the plants are cut and bundled. Workers twist (or ply) the grass entirely by hand and send it to factories where it is wound on tubes, loaded on creels, and woven into carpet.